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Kealakekua Bay State Historical Park overlooks a gorgeous bay. Enjoy the views and park from the bluff, or hike the challenging downhill trail to the beach and the Captain Cook Monument. Not for the casual hiker, the 4.25-mile round trip drops 1,500-feet — and yes, you have to hike back up. If you do hike down, we suggest you go early and have water, sunscreen, a hat, and sturdy shoes. The translucent water of Kealakekua Bay is home to multicolored fish, turtles, and coral reefs which makes for incredible snorkeling. You can skip the hike, and explore Kealakekua Bay by taking a guided snorkel or kayak tour. When Captain Cook arrived here in 1778, he was honored by the native people, but during a conflict over a theft, Cook was killed in 1779. The obelisk to Captain Cook was erected in 1878. Also located here are the remnants of Hiki-au Heiau, a temple for human sacrifices. Note, having your own snorkel gear while in Hawaii will come in handy as there are a multitude of great locations to dive in. The park is free.
82-6099 Puuhonua Beach Rd
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